Extended daylight savings time saved NIS 100m. in past 2 years

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March 26, 2015 20:17

 
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Extending daylight savings time to the end of October for the past two years has saved the Israeli economy about NIS 100 million, the National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Ministry reported on Thursday – just one day before Israelis change their clocks. In 2014 alone, the extra sunlight during evening hours saved about 85 million kilowatt-hours of electricity use, amounting to about NIS 50m., according to the ministry.

A longer daylight savings time period allows people to come home from work before the sun sets for longer periods of time, taking part in more activities without the need for artificial lighting, the ministry said. The assessment of the savings resulting from the extended daylight is based on two surveys conducted by the Technion's Statistics Laboratory, and considers amount of light, temperature, sunrise times, degree of heating and cooling at various times and number of holidays and Saturdays in each month, the ministry added.

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